WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Agencies that work to facilitate adoptions hosted an annual picnic to celebrate National Adoption Month this afternoon at Hugh MacRae Park.
The Southeastern Adoption Consortium organized the event, which celebrates those who open their homes and hearts to children in our community.
November is National Adoption Awareness Month, which raises awareness about the number of children in America who need homes.
According to numbers from the Alliance for Children's Rights/National Adoption Day Coalition, there are currently more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care nationwide.
Of these, 104,000 are legally available for adoption and waiting for a family.
52,000 children in U.S. foster care were adopted last year.
New Hanover County officials are calling it a successful year for adoptions in our community. Around 70 children have been placed with families.
Today's event included representatives from the following organizations: Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Methodist Homes for Children, and Children's Home Society, and the following County Departments of Social Services : Onslow, Bladen, Pender, Brunswick, and New Hanover County Department of Social Services. This event would not be possible without the hard work and donated time and talents of all the Agencies mentioned. We will have door prizes given out throughout the picnic so make sure to get a ticket as they are passed around.
Local musician, Daniel Parish, volunteered his time to provide entertainment for the event.
Our Ashlea Kosikowski served as emcee.
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